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Can Septic Tanks Freeze?

Your septic tank is far beneath the ground, so it probably doesn’t freeze, right? Wrong. In fact, severe winter weather conditions can actually be quite brutal on your septic tank. If temperatures dip low enough, the ground can become frozen and so can your tank. During winter, your septic tank can become frozen if it is not insulated, if your septic line is above ground or not deep enough in the ground, you don’t use your septic tank enough, or you have a plumbing leak.

Signs that your septic tank is frozen include:

  • Your toilet isn’t flushing properly or at all
  • You have standing water in your sinks, showers, or tubs
  • Your washing machine doesn’t drain

Is It Bad to Have Frozen Septic Tank?

Yes. When certain components of your tank become frozen, waste takes a long time to break down, the water in your tank can freeze, your drainage pipes can stop working, and your system can become very damaged. Because of this, it is important to try and prevent your septic tank from freezing in the first place.

How to Keep Your Septic Tank from Freezing

There are a number of things you can do to protect your septic tank and prevent it from becoming frozen during the winter season.

To keep your septic tank from freezing, you should:

  • Make sure the septic line is at least 18-24 inches deep in the ground
  • Cover the ground above your septic tank with 8-12 inches of mulch to create an extra layer of insulation
  • Have your plumbing leaks repaired right away
  • Use a snow trap over the ground above your septic tank
  • Use warm/hot water in your home at least once a day (i.e., take a hot shower or run a load of laundry using hot water)

Call The Plumbing Experts Today

When your septic tank needs to be serviced, turn to the most trusted name in plumbing: The Plumbing Experts. Backed by years of service excellence, our plumbers are experts in all things septic tanks. Using top-quality tools and technology, we are here to keep your tank functioning perfectly, so you can enjoy a safe and comfortable home. Whether your tank is frozen or you want to prevent it from freezing, we’ve got you covered.

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Don’t settle for anything less than the stellar service you deserve. Choose The Plumbing Experts and rest assured we get the job done right the first time every time.

Call (864) 210-3127 or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We look forward to serving you!